Kayoko Dan, conductor; Frank Almond, violin
Alexander Borodin was unable to finish his Opera, Prince Igor, but his friends (Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov) stepped in and finished it for him in time for an 1890’s premiere. The Polovtsian Dances is an energetic and rhythm-driven dance performed by the CSO and the CSO Chorus. Serenade lets us know that Bernstein was a musical authority in the concert hall as well as on Broadway. Violinist Frank Almond, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, takes on what Orrin Howard, former director of publications at the LA Philharmonic calls ‘the athletic and expressive violinistics’ of the piece.